Fwd: Re: [decentralization] Fwd: He Struck Gold on the Net ( Really )
>If I recall correctly, you cannot offer to convert other people'sSo, the customer would have to advertise their desire for the
>Postscript to PDF using Adobe Acrobat. Technologically, this
>conversion would be a natural for a "web service": post PS, get back
service, instead of the seller, advertising the service available.
Western culture has long ago settled into a pattern where sellers
operate markets. Our commercial districts in cities reflect this,
and by default the internet reflects it, as well. It is heavily
weighted to selling.
Mathematically we know, the whole aggregate demand is just
as powerfully motivated as the aggregate supplyside. In the
physical city, the selling marketplace is all that survived somehow.
How different the web would be, if there were as many people
operating "Web-RFP" websites as today's web-Storefront
There is a strange absences of ways to advertise what I want
to buy. I've often wished, at the checkout counter in supermarket,
to receive my receipt electronically instead of on paper, so that
I could somehow submit it to a reverse-auction and get lower
prices, hooo boy what a difference THAT would make,
> How different the web would be, if there were as many peopleEveryone has one job but many needs, so organization from the buy side
> operating "Web-RFP" websites as today's web-Storefront
is more complicated than you make it out to be. That having been said,
a lot (most) of the complexity is coordination cost, which is
something engineers of decentralization are getting awfully good at
Priceline and Google Answers are two models of "RFP Buying"? Are there
more? Did any of those Mobshop aggregated bulk buying businesses
survive from the boom?
- At 12:43 PM 6/3/02, Clay wrote:
> > How different the web would be, if there were as many peopleI would reject the Google, Priceline, and Mobshop models for
> > operating "Web-RFP" websites as today's web-Storefront
> > websites!
>Everyone has one job but many needs, so organization from the buy side
>is more complicated than you make it out to be. That having been said,
>a lot (most) of the complexity is coordination cost, which is
>something engineers of decentralization are getting awfully good at
>Priceline and Google Answers are two models of "RFP Buying"? Are there
>more? Did any of those Mobshop aggregated bulk buying businesses
>survive from the boom?
lacking sufficient convenience/time savings for the consumer.
They also lack mechanisms to protect against large-scale SPAM
and harrassment, and are subject to capture and rent extraction.
Like some other problems on the internet, the large capitalist
model may never "get the message" and something P2P might
evolve first. This in turn would require a large scale software
application on the peer, to succeed. Such things cost $millions.
I imagine something based on barcode scanners, or those millions
of CueCat scanners etc. might improve convenience of data
capture. Of course the large retailers and wholesalers would
fight the use of barcoded data. etc.
However, there is little doubt in my mind, of the potential for
a second generation of Home-Grocer/Peapod/Webvan/Kozmo etc.
What must drive it this time is a standard protocol and semantics
for publishing parts lists, grocery lists, etc. underpinned by some
sort of anonymity. An NNTP news server with everybody using a
hotmail account would be fine.
One could imagine a software package that automates my one-time
visit to Mapquest to get my latitude and longitude coordinates,
has some wizards to help me scan my groceries when I come home
from the supermarket. The software could be configured to publish
the RFPs on NNTP server, mailing list, or dedicated web services.
Of course you need retailers or wholesalers willing to
import the grocery list into their computer and compile a
price quotation for this grocery list. Even if I had to drive to
the supermarket and buy it myself I would love this.. Alas, the
supermarkets would do anything to obliterate the barcodes, and
take every anti-competitive action possible...
I wonder if the internet changes everything enough to create a
market for services as a "Personal purchasing agent"... somebody
who bets, if you show me your whole demand picture, betcha,
I can find a way to get the whole thing cheaper. Because,
there is enough game theory in this, to prevent the kind of
simplistic "Webvan" vision from surviving without assistance
of a human chess player.